The life of a disciple is not all smooth sailing. There are times when the sea is calm with clear blue sky or even a double rainbow, but there will also be thunderstorms. The thing about a storm is that once it’s gone — as written in Matthew 8:26 when Jesus calms the storm — there is a “great calm”, just as if Jesus pressed the reset button.
Peter’s life illustrates the highs and lows of a disciple’s journey. Peter showed such great faith that he was the first among the disciples to recognise Jesus as the Messiah and was also willing to step out of the boat to walk on water to Jesus. Yet he also denied Jesus three times. Failure is part of our journey as believers, and it is important for us to be alert and know when Jesus wants us to press the reset button. He invites us to shelter from the storm, draw near to Him, and delight in His great calm.
Read Luke 5:1-11
- What does it mean to you to push ‘reset’ in your life? In the Luke 5 reading, where do you see Jesus help Simon (called ‘Peter’ in Luke 6:14 and thereafter) push reset in his journey?
- What are some of the highs and lows of Peter that you see in the gospels? How did these impact his walk with Jesus?
- What are some things in our lives at the moment that might conflict with the idea of ‘reset’? Why?
- In recent months, some of us may be feeling that areas of life are ‘on pause’. Some may be feeling a loss of spiritual passion or that we are stuck in our journey with Jesus. Have you felt this way? How have you dealt with this?
- Read John 21:1-17. A reset is God’s time to restore and renew our spirit. In this passage, we see Jesus appear before Simon Peter and John. Much like in Luke 5, Jesus hits the reset button, yet again reshaping Peter’s discipleship journey. While the disciples knew Jesus well, it took them a while to realise that the person on the shore was indeed Jesus. Why do you think that was so? What could hinder us today in recognising Jesus and perceiving his invitation to reset?
- Once we accept His invitation, He is going to reshape us. Have you gone through this process before? Share your personal experience, if you are comfortable doing so. How do you imagine a reshaped version of you could look? What might Jesus change in you?
God has your best interests at heart, and He is the only one who can bring to light the best version of you. Realigning or resetting ourselves to be in line with His vision is the rhythm of our lives as disciples of Jesus. Which aspect of life right now do you need God to reset, restore, renew, and reshape so that you can press forward in your discipleship journey?